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On Sunday, Aug 9, Republican chair, Jennifer Carnahan, opened the CD7 Western Swing Tour with a kickoff in Fergus Falls in support of GOP-endorsed Republican congressional candidate, Michelle Fischbach. 

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Shirley “Virginia” Adams was an inspiration to many residents in Fergus Falls for her relentless work in improving the city and getting involved in a number of causes including the Otter Tail County Historical Society, A Center for the Arts, Kaddatz Galleries, Fergus Falls Public Library, as…

There has been unprecedented milk and product price volatility over the last few months. Rabobank’s global dairy strategist Mary Ledman and vice president of dairy research, Ben Laine discuss their outlook on the global and U.S. dairy markets on a webinar at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 25. The web…

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Greater Fergus Falls (GFF) is pleased to announce that Protection Pros Disinfecting Services Inc., a commercial disinfecting service headquartered in Fergus Falls, will launch their new service this month. They are the only professionals in the region to offer complete, continuous, food-safe…

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InVision Eye Care in Fergus Falls went through a difficult few months earlier this year, as many businesses did, due to COVID-19. They had to reduce their services to emergent and urgent eye care only at the request of the CDC from about March 17 until May 11. Today, despite the need for a C…



For more than 150 years, family farms have driven rural communities. It’s still that way today; family farms support local schools, churches and businesses. In short, family farms support what rural America is all about.

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Myron Johnson, a 1956 Fergus Falls High School graduate who died July 28, is remembered by relatives and friends for overcoming polio to become a superb student manager, lifeguard and swim instructor, state probation/parole agent and being a role model as a husband and father.

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Almost nothing about going to any business these days is the same as it was before COVID-19 began, but slowly things are becoming more routine. Apple Tree Dental has had to make a number of changes to procedure and protocols but, Suzanna Peterson, center director says, “With the month of Aug…

Starting Monday, Aug. 17, the Minnesota Department of Transportation will begin a districtwide culvert improvement project in west-central Minnesota. The work will include replacing and repairing existing culverts along several Minnesota highways, including:

With campaigns for November elections picking up steam, more and more political signs will start popping up on lawns as residents show support for local, state and national candidates. This year might be an especially busy year for campaign signs with the presidential election set to take pl…

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Jeremy Fronning of rural Dalton joins the ranks of Otter Tail County farm producers who have been recognized as being certified through the MN Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).  To become certified, property owners must meet program qualifications through a comprehen…

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Businesses around Fergus Falls are adapting to new government regulations regarding COVID-19 guidelines and people are slowly becoming more comfortable shopping in public. At The Market in downtown Fergus Falls, manager Susanne Strom has noticed business picking up this month. “We’ve been ve…

Alison Kugler of Fergus Falls has earned a Bachelor of Science, nursing degree from Western Governors University (WGU). The online, nonprofit university has graduated over 190,000 students from across the country since its inception in 1997.

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The ongoing pandemic has inspired a creative new way of teaching studio art courses at Minnesota State Community and Technical College. M State art instructor John Cox is taking four of his art courses totally online for the fall, but with a twist:

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Lake Region Arts Council (LRAC) is now accepting nominations for its board of directors. LRAC is west-central Minnesota’s largest public funder for the arts, providing access to arts opportunities and programming to aspiring and professional artists in the area. The board is made up of two r…

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Highway 210 west of Breckenridge has reopened to traffic. The road had been temporarily closed to thru-traffic while bridge crews completed scheduled maintenance on the Minnesota side of the bridge over the Red River.

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Tens of thousands of children could miss out on healthy food if their families don’t apply for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, also referred to as P-EBT, benefits by July 31. About 350,000 Minnesota school children who qualify for the federal free and reduced-price meal program are eli…

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Otter Tail Lakes Country and Otter Tail County are pleased to announce the launch of “grab-a-bite” a new program designed to help new residents of Otter Tail County feel more welcome. The program is designed to act as a platform for New York Mills and other cities throughout Otter Tail Count…

Otter Tail County Public Health continues to navigate the road ahead and work to prevent the spread of coronavirus in communities.  The cases of COVID-19 continue to increase in Minnesota and Otter Tail County. Currently, there is no vaccine or antiviral treatment for COVID-19. However, ther…

Mayor Ben Schierer, the city of Fergus Falls, the Fergus Falls Public Library and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice are hosting the first of several Community Conversations on Equity Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. 

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With advancement in technology and ever-changing consumer shopping patterns, the e-commerce industry has become a wide-open market and local businesses are starting to see the benefits. For nearly five years, HD Boutique, a women’s clothing store, has had a physical presence for nearly five …

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With a recent jump in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Otter Tail County, two businesses in Fergus Falls — Union Pizza & Brewing Co. and Mill Street Residence — recently announced confirmed cases at their establishments.

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With Gov. Tim Walz’s executive order requiring Minnesotans to wear face coverings in certain settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, many community members are looking for masks. Thanks to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the department is offe…

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Pierz-based award-winning author Frank Weber visited Battle Lake on Saturday to promote his investigator, Jon Frederick series of books, the third and most recent of which, “Last Call,” was released last year. His next book, “Lying Close,” is set to release in September 2020.

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The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received confirmation Monday that a 3-year-old drowning victim died after being pulled from Eagle Lake Friday. 

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Mill Street Residence identified its first confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) this weekend. The positive case is a resident at Mill Street. In a written statement, the Director at Mill Street Residence, Mick Siems, stated:

Fergus Home & Hardware is pleased to announce the purchase of The Country Store of Fergus Falls. The acquisition was finalized on Friday, July 17, 2020.  The plan is to have The Country Store products and services available exclusively at Fergus Home & Hardware starting Tuesday, Sept…